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Sumburgh Airport

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Name Sumburgh Airport
Region Europe
Territory United Kingdom GB.gif
Location Sumburgh, Shetland, Scotland
Serving Shetland
Elevation 6.096 m
20 ft
20 ft6.096 m
Type medium airport
Coordinates 59° 52' 38.57" N, 1° 17' 30.72" W
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS
6/24 550 m1,804.462 ft
45 m147.638 ft
ASP yes/yes
9/27 1180 m3,871.391 ft
46 m150.919 ft
ASP yes/yes
15/33 1426 m4,678.478 ft
46 m150.919 ft
ASP yes/yes

Observation EGPB 221820Z 14015KT CAVOK 10/07 Q1010
Station Sumburgh Cape
Date/Time 22 April 2019 18:20:00
Wind direction 140°
Wind speed 15 kts
Lowest cloud amount clouds and visibility OK
Temperature 10°C
Dew point 7°C
Humidity 81%
QNH 1010 hPa
Weather condition n/a

Sumburgh Airport is the main airport serving the Shetland Islands in Scotland. It is located on the southern tip of the mainland, 17 nm31,484 m
31.484 km
103,293.963 ft
south of Lerwick.


Temperate Marine climate/Oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb). Moderately cool summer and comparatively warm winter with a temperature range of only 14°C57.2 °F
287.15 K
516.87 °R
. Prevailing south-westerly winds from the Atlantic Ocean.



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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of EGPB

  • AS3B, vicinity Sumburgh Airport Shetland Islands UK, 2013 (On 23 August 2013, the crew of a Eurocopter AS332 L2 Super Puma helicopter making a non-precision approach to runway 09 at Sumburgh with the AP engaged in 3-axes mode descended below MDA without visual reference and after exposing the helicopter to vortex ring conditions were unable to prevent a sudden onset high rate of descent followed by sea surface impact and rapid inversion of the floating helicopter. Four of the 18 occupants died and three were seriously injured. The Investigation found no evidence of contributory technical failure and attributed the accident to inappropriate flight path control by the crew.)
  • D328, Sumburgh Shetland Islands UK, 2017 (On 26 January 2017, an EASA Test Pilot carrying out certification test flying to extend the Dornier 328's maximum demonstrated crosswind was unable to retain control during an intended full stop landing on runway 09 at Sumburgh and it departed the side of the runway onto soft ground and stopped abruptly. The Investigation noted the Test Pilot's total type experience was the three circuits immediately prior to the excursion and attributed it to inappropriate flight control inputs and power lever movements. Intervention on the power levers by the aircraft commander had not been enough to prevent the excursion.)
  • D328, Sumburgh UK, 2006 (On 11 June 2006, a Dornier 328 operated by City Star Airlines whilst positioning in marginal visibility for a day approach at Sumburgh, Shetland Isles UK, and having incorrectly responded to TAWS Class A warnings/alerts by not gaining safe altitude, came to close proximity with terrain . The approach was continued and a safe landing was made at the airport.)
  • SB20, vicinity Sumburgh, UK 2014 (On 15 December 2014, the Captain of a Saab 2000 lost control of his serviceable aircraft after a lightning strike when he attempted to control the aircraft manually without first disconnecting the autopilot and despite the annunciation of a series of related alerts. The aircraft descended from 4,000 feet to 1,100 feet at up to 9,500 fpm and 80 knots above Vmo. A fortuitous transient data transmission fault caused autopilot disconnection making it possible to respond to EGPWS 'SINK RATE' and 'PULL UP' Warnings. The Investigation concluded that limitations on autopilot disconnection by pilot override were contrary to the type certification of most other transport aircraft.)